Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 9 May 2040 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2040 | May 2040

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 3% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 3 May 2040 at 20:00.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon is entering ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1844"

Lunar disc appears visually 3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1844" and ∠1900".

Flower Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2040 after 16 days on 26 May 2040 at 11:47.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 11 May 2040 at 03:28
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 19 May 2040 at 07:00
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 26 May 2040 at 11:47
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 2 June 2040 at 02:17

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 498 / 1451

The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 498 of Meeus index or 1451 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.56 days

Length of current 498 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 28 minutes. It is 1 hour and 7 minutes shorter than next lunation 499 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 44 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 19 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠86°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠86°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠122.1°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon before apogee

9 days after point of perigee on 30 April 2040 at 04:22 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 16 May 2040 at 01:01 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 388 758 km

Moon is 388 758 km (241 563 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 171 km (251 762 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after its descending node on 28 April 2040 at 22:56 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 12 May 2040 at 04:05 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

8 days after previous South standstill on 1 May 2040 at 10:16 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.155°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.185° in the next northern standstill on 15 May 2040 at 03:53 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day on 11 May 2040 at 03:28 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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